Iraq has been subject to intense upheaval, social change, and cyclical violence — a reality that is challenging for any reporter to capture and share with an international readership.
Iraq’s government can implement civilian protection policies to promote national reconciliation and reduce tensions between the country’s ethnic, religious, and sectarian communities.
More than a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan taught US commanders the strategic importance of protecting civilians during wartime. This principle should guide future American policy.
Today, the status of Iraqi armed groups remains ambiguous despite Baghdad’s attempts to integrate them into the military command structure — a situation that highlights the complex, multifaceted, and poorly-understood roles they will play in Iraq’s political, social, and military development after ISIS.
Stabilizing post-ISIS Iraq will require economic reform in addition to any political settlement. Worryingly, the political “rules of the game” could prevent such a process from succeeding.
For Iraqi youth, opportunities to attend school have diminished. Without renewed investment in the country’s education system, the next 30 years will witness the maturation of a generation lacking its predecessor’s skills and training — reshaping its socio-economic environment.
Political rivalries and proxy conflict threaten to engulf Sinjar’s vulnerable Yazidi population in renewed violence. How local and regional actors manage this region can offer lessons for other disputed territories post-ISIS.
Policymakers in Erbil today confront severe governmental and fiscal emergencies that threatens the region’s stability and prosperity. To meet these challenges, they will need to couple stringent economic reforms with reconciliation between political parties.
After burning for three months, fires in Qayyarah leave northern Iraq with a twin humanitarian and environmental crisis that will impact thousands of refugees and reshape the region’s political economy.
To awake from the nightmare of violence, Iraq needs a strong reconciliation framework, at both communal and national levels, that can give Iraqi citizens an alternative to cyclical conflict.
This article originally appeared in The Hill on October 25, 2016 under the title “Iraq, Once Again, Has our Attention.”
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